Behind the scenes of Private Practice Hub: what is it really like to work in the business of therapy?

Taking a three week holiday can be expensive, especially if you are a student, which is exactly why I have spent the rest of my university vacation trying to make up for the dent in my bank account.

In terms of finding employment, I have been lucky. My first job was great fun, but my contract only lasted four weeks, so I thought I might be in a spot of trouble…until Private Practice Hub joyously sprung out of the woodwork!

I will admit my friends were rather puzzled by my new workplace.

‘Uplands Road, Saltford? Are you sure you’re not working for your boyfriend?’ one quipped. (In case you are wondering, a) that’s where he lives, b) I am sure and c) I resent every implication that comes with that question.)

Some of them asked what it was like to work in another person’s home. I said it had its perks.

‘Well, it’s much more inviting than a gigantic office with a disproportionately tiny amount of paper cups for the water-cooler. And there are cats.’

Am I in the way?

But it’s not just about the home-comfort factor. Working at Private Practice Hub was exciting in its own way. Different phones were ringing so often that by the end of my first day I had memorised which ringtone matched each phone and almost plucked up the courage to answer one. Geoff even trusted me with organising important data from his Business Partners, which was kind because usually nobody trusts me with their partners. I’m kidding!

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Private Practice Hub is highly active on social media, even more so than me, a student. My lack of a Google + account is clearly letting me down. Nonetheless, ever the professional, I soldiered on through my shame of a rather dwindling Twitter account and ate my lunch when I wanted. That’s another great thing about Geoff, he trusted me with my time, as long as I got my work done. He also made me a sandwich, so that’s two massive thumbs up.

Aside from Geoff’s culinary and social media skills, I have really enjoyed my time at Private Practice Hub so far because of the welcoming atmosphere. A professional environment where basking cats are allowed and jokes are encouraged, what more could you want?